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Historic Houses
Explore the history of Massachusetts at our nine historic house museums.

Gardens
Elegance and beauty in formal masterpieces, kitchen gardens, and more.

Cultural Landscapes
These landscapes, shaped by human hands, give us a glimpse into another time.

Archives & Research Center
Our state-of-the-art storage facility preserves our treasures – and our stories.


 

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In Massachusetts, you find history under every rock and on every corner. From the tracks of dinosaurs and the settlements of Mohicans to the stone walls of colonial farmers, The Trustees of Reservations care for and share an incredible array of places and things that illuminate who we were, who we are now, and who we will be.

Mumbet: Truth Was Her Nature
Elizabeth Freeman, or "Mumbet," as she has come to be known, was born a slave, but died a free woman. Here, Laurie Robertson-Lorant weaves together fact and legend to bring to life the story of "the slave who ended slavery in Massachusetts."

Naumkeag: Afternoon Garden

Historic Homes
From the Colonial Era to the Modern Movement, these historic properties – including five National Historic Landmarks – represent a preserved timeline of architecture and design over the past 300 years.

Tracing History
In many ways, the history of Massachusetts flows through Trustees properties. Visit these reservations, each with its own connection to evolution of the Commonwealth. Then add your own favorite portals to our collective past!

Learn More

Historic Houses
Explore the history of Massachusetts at our nine historic house museums.

Gardens
Elegance and beauty in formal masterpieces, kitchen gardens, and more.

Cultural Landscapes
These landscapes, shaped by human hands, give us a glimpse into another time.

Archives & Research Center
Our state-of-the-art storage facility preserves our treasures – and our stories.


 

Join Us
Donate
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